A website used to launch more than four million anonymous cyber attacks across the world was shut down in a major international investigation.
WebStresser, a website which operated as a service for “testing” a company’s cyber-defences, but was in reality used to buy untraceable cyber-attacks on businesses, has now been replaced by a splash page.
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According to the splash page, the site’s domain name has been seized in conjunction with Operation Power OFF, a coordinated effort involving law enforcement from 11 countries, with assistance from EuroPol. The site was used by a British suspect to attack high street banks last year, causing hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage.
Its servers have also been seized by Dutch police, and six suspected members of the gang behind the site have been arrested in Holland, the U.K and elsewhere. At the time of its shutdown, the site had over 136,000 users (Forbes).
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WebStresser offered a form of attack called Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, for as little as $14.99 per attack. This form of assault swamps servers with requests for access, rendering them unable to perform basic functions and often causing them to temporarily crash. Targets can include online banks, infrastructure or schools portals.
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Are you aware of any other such ‘DDoS-for-hire’ sites?
Are you concerned about your personal cyber security?
Do you think more attacks will follow?